neon-boneyard-las-vegas (Image: Randy Heinitz; Stardust signage in Las Vegas’ Neon Boneyard)

Fabulous Las Vegas wouldn’t be the same without its iconic neon signs. Their extravagant, brightly-lit forms advertise everything from hotels and casinos to the nightly shows that have made Sin City famous, and they’ve been doing it for decades. In case you’ve ever wondered what eventually became of the old-school signage – as seen in movies and TV shows of the past – that once defined Downtown Las Vegas, simply pay a visit to the weird and wonderful Neon Boneyard.



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The two-acre lot, which is part of the Neon Museum, is the final resting place of around 200 retired neon signs that once lit up the Strip. Their North Gallery is home to another 60 abandoned signs, which all hail from from places that have a certain sort of romantic infamy attached to them.



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There are signs from the Palms Casino Resort, from Lady Luck, Stardust, Caesar’s Palace, the Gold Nugget and more. Even the museum building itself is housed within the restored lobby of the La Concha Motel, an iconic hostelry which operated on Las Vegas Boulevard South from 1961 to 2003.



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Prior to the Neon Museum’s opening in 1996, much of the abandoned signage had been dumped outside the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO), where the harsh sun and brutal desert temperatures were slowly destroying the iconic neon treasures.



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The abandoned signs were later moved to the Neon Boneyard, where the Neon Museum is slowly restoring them for public display along their Fremont Street Experience, which includes not just the retired neon signs themselves but documentation of their history and what they once represented for the flourishing desert city of Las Vegas.

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